Silky Oak Press is currently not accepting submissions, until further notice.
When we start up again, what we’ll be looking for is listed below.
WHO WE WANT
Storytellers, that’s who.
We want to hear from writers who live and breathe words; who are in it for the love of crafting the perfect sentence, of telling a story that entertains, or one that really matters.
We want writers who understand that we’re on the same team, that editing is something we will work at together, and that building a career as a novelist means writing, editing and producing the best novel we can — and then a better one — and then a better one again.
We’re in this for the long haul, and we’re looking for writers who want the same things we do, and will work as hard as we do to achieve it.
This is our life’s work. It matters to us. If all this matters to you too, then you are the writer we want to hear from.
WHAT WE WANT
Great stories, of course. That’s the obvious part. More detail?
We want the type of stories we love to read, which is great stories of any length.
- Full length novel of 40,000 words or more? Fantastic.
- Novella of 17,500 to 40,000 words? Yes please! We love them.
- Novelette of 7,500 to 17,500 words? Wonderful.
- Short stories of up to 7,500 words? We love these too. Sometimes we’ll publish them, other times not. We may use a short story to promote a writer’s longer work. We all know short stories are rarely profitable, but if you send some that are truly great, we’ll work with you to give readers the opportunity to find them.
WHAT WE DON’T WANT
At this stage we are not considering Non-fiction or Poetry. We love them, but for now, we can’t publish them.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line of your email, please write the working title of your book and your author name. For example:
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Jack Maggs by Peter Carey
- Grave Expectations by Sherri Browning Erwin
In the body of the email, write a simple cover letter, which should include:
- Your real name, address, and contact details (both email and phone if possible).
- Your age, if you’re game to tell us, or a fun and interesting excuse if you’re not.
- Short author bio, including long-term plans for your writing. (To us, your future’s more important than your past.)
- Name of your story, and pen name if it’s different to your real name.
- Approximate word count of your story.
- Genre or story type.
As attachments, two Word documents:
1) A synopsis. Not too detailed, but enough so we can understand what the story is about before we begin reading your prose. Important — The synopsis should include all main plot points, including the ending. Maximum of two pages. Sorry to have gone all bold type on you there, but it’s really important. We need to know you can tell a story, and a satisfying ending is a huge part of that.
2) For novels and novellas, the beginning of your story, but definitely not more than 10,000 words. For novelettes of up to 17,500 words, the whole story. For short stories, you may send multiple stories, but no more than 10,000 words in total. Use a nice legible font, size 12 or so, and please remember to double space.
WHAT WE’LL DO
We think it’s bad manners when publishers don’t let writers know where they stand. We don’t like being treated that way, and we won’t do it to you.
We’ll try to let you know within four to six weeks whether we want to see more of your work.
If you haven’t heard from us within four weeks, email us and say so, and we’ll let you know how close we are to making a decision about whether we can publish your work.